And baby is officially 15 weeks on the dot. Week 16 starts today. Last week DH planned me a special b-day getaway- he put it on my pda a few months ago so I wouldn't schedule any appts. on that Friday. I only knew we were going on a plane, then driving somewhere, and the temp would be the same there as here.
I fantasized about what we were doing, and then I firmly decided that we were going to stay in a Motel 6 in Hopkins and see a High School play. I had to tell myself something. Even though I was pretty sure the plan would be grander than that I didn't want my imagination to run away from me, as it is prone to do.
Well, we woke up at 5am Friday to fly to Chicago. There DH had his first intro to the Windy City, and to Giordano's stuffed pizza. MMM. We ended up winging the day's other activities and stumbled upon a "Crocheted Coral Reef" exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center. We also ended up in Bucktown at night, at Hot Chocolate and ate warm Brioche donuts with hot chocolate sauce, and I drank a Mexican cocoa with yummy homeade marshmallows. I had wanted to go to Bucktown for a few years since the Keyboard Biologist had blogged about it's trendy boutiques. We found a trendy boutique and I had to buy 2 little books for our baby, "Urban Babies Wear Black" (don't worry I am not about to have a goth baby that wears skull clothes- nasty) but baby's mommy may be found pushing the jogging stroller with a latte in its cupholder. The other book was "Mommy Loves". It has all kinds of baby animals with their mommies as well as the proper names for all the animal kin. Like baby hedgehogs are called hoglets.
The next day we drove to Cincinnati, OH to see our fave band, Over the Rhine do their big annual Christmas show. This had been a dream I had to see it one day- and then we did. DH did an awesome job orchestrating the whole plan in secret, and it was a wonderful memorable birthday event.
Today, weather permitting, as I typically say on my birthday, we will go out to eat with my fam, and my bro is flying in at this moment from D.C. I usually pick a trendy Mpls restaurant with lots of atmosphere (like Zelo, last year) but this year I chose Fasika in St. Paul. Supposedly it has good food, with no atmosphere. I want to eat beef wat! I also have to get to Caribou for my free b-day drink, and to Borealis for some yarn for an heirloom baby sweater. I was going to knit it out of washable acrylic, but the thought of it, and the feel of it in my hands was enough to make me cringe. So I think I will be returning it to the store soon. Yarn snob? Yes I am.